Ydiop Bdap and Shemesh Lee
KIN 330 Sociocultural Analyses of Sport and Exercise
Physical activity is a form of exercise of movement that includes daily activities and many different sports. Does physical activity have to be a vigorous form of exercise or movement? No, it doesn’t have to be only vigorous exercise or movements. Physical activity can consist of planned actions, like walking the dog, jogging, speed walking, doing chores, loading and unloading trucks, yard work, and other regular activities. A big portion of physical activities involves playing in different sports programs, competitions, or just regular sport pick-up games. For our observation we observed a UNCG Men’s basketball game at the Greensboro coliseum and watched how the players connected with the crowd and what was going through each other’s minds at the very last moments in the game. The atmosphere was kind of tense because we had been in a winning streak and wanted the basketball team to keep winning. Therefore, our sport observation of the basketball game reveals that sport and society are intertwined by how physical activity is a cultural phenomenon, having systems of powers, and having a panoptic mechanism as surveillance in our society that is dominant to the social world. First, a cultural phenomenon can be defined as an amazing thing among people or events that happens in a culture that is surprising, unusual, or just done by everyone. Physical activity is a cultural phenomenon because as a society we have developed a love for sports and exercise that either controls or influence our behaviors and actions in life. We incorporate sports and exercise into our daily lives, such as including them in education, media, businesses, and hobbies. Sports and exercise influences a society’s beliefs, values, and attitudes by changing points of views when watching a great game of soccer, football, or basketball, a fitness video, or watching how break...
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